John Legend is set to release his new album Bigger Love on June 19th via Columbia Records.
The acclaimed singer has unveiled the official artwork for the album today along with a message to the fans. “This project has been a labor of love for me, something I’ve spent over a year conceiving and creating. I poured my heart and soul into these songs and collaborated with some incredibly gifted co-writers, producers and musicians,” John said.
Along with the cover comes the official tracklist containing 16 tracks in total and guest appearances from Gary Clark Jr., Jhene Aiko, Koffee, Rapsody and Campter. It is executive produced by Raphael Saadiq. Take a look below and in case you missed it, hear the title track here.
John makes it clear that all the songs on the LP were recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic and prior to the protests that rocked America.
“All of these songs were created prior to the world being rocked by a pandemic, prior to the latest police killings in the U.S. that sent so many to the streets in protest. During these painful times, some of us may wonder if it’s ok to laugh or dance or be romantic. Lately, the images of black people in the media have been showing us with knees on our necks, in mourning, or expressing our collective outrage. We feel all those emotions.
But It’s important for us to continue to show the world the fullness of what it is to be black and human. Through our art, we are able to do that. This album is a celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience, the things that make our culture so beautiful and influential.
I’m under no illusion that music can save the world or solve the world’s problems, but I’ve always turned to music to help me through tough times and I know many of you have done the same. That’s why I couldn’t wait to release this album to the world. I debuted in 2004 with an album called Get Lifted. And now, as we enter the summer of 2020, I hope this new album can get you lifted again, fill your hearts with love and inspiration, give you something to dance to, something to hold hands to, something to make love to. A week from today, on June 19, I invite you to experience a #BiggerLove.“